It is no surprise the Philadelphia Eagles’ rush defense is their weak link. That is what happens when you spend millions on your line and secondary, but choose to coach through a linebacking corps featuring two former seventh-round picks and a fourth-round rookie.
Still, if you want to be a Super Bowl contender, you have a rush defense better than 30th in the NFL, allowing 146 yard per game. With Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs coming to town, things do not get any easier.
When the strength of your defense is a trio of cornerbacks, the 265-pound Jacobs Express can be a problem.
The team has already had a problem with power backs in the young season. Steven Jackson had 56 yards on two carries before being sidelined, and Michael Turner had over five yards per carry en route to 115 yards Sunday night. Cadillac Williams was none too shabby as Jackson's replacement, rushing for 91 yards on 19 carries.
The defense does not have to shut down the Giants’ duo, but keeping the backs closer to 100 yards than 150 would go a long way in winning its home opener.